Legislative Analyst (State Legislation)

  • Diamond Bar, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research
  • Salary: $72,803.28 - $97,850.64 Annually USD Annually
  • Salary Top: 97850 USD Annually

Job Description


South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the Nation. We serve a four-county region that includes large areas of Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley, which is home to more than 17 million people. South Coast AQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse "Clean Air Team" of over 800 employees, an annual budget of $189.2 million, and a state-of-the art air quality laboratory, our mission is to ensure clean air and a healthy environment. South Coast AQMD is an organization you can be proud to work for -- we make a difference in the quality of life in Southern California!

Please view our video to meet our Clean Air Team!

South Coast AQMD’s mission requires diverse perspectives, talents, and life experiences to solve some of the most complex technical air quality issues. We are committed to creating and maintaining a work environment that appreciates the unique contributions of our employees and fosters professional development and growth. South Coast AQMD respects the distinct ideas and perspectives of our stakeholders and works to bring them together toward the common goal of clean air.

This recruitment will remain open continuous. However, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as the application period may close at any time. The first round of application review will take place the week of January 27, 2023.

South Coast AQMD is recruiting to fill one Legislative Analyst position in the Legislative, Public Affairs and Media Office. This position will be based in Sacramento, with periodic travel to South Coast AQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar and will provide support to management by performing the duties and responsibilities which include, but are not limited to:
  • Analyze and evaluate state legislation as it relates to the Board’s legislative priorities, which may affect South Coast AQMD’s mission and programs
  • Track and inform staff and others regarding bill status, and on-going relevant legislative and administrative issues and matters
  • Provide support to the Board’s Legislative Committee
  • Provide support for internal Legislative Working Group
  • Research, develop and prepare written material, i.e. bill analysis, legislative language, board letters, outreach material for legislation, brochures, fact sheets, district profiles, presentations and newsletters
  • Handle special projects as required.


(Duties vary depending on assignment, not all may apply)

Analyzes pending state and federal legislation that may affect the policies, operations and finances of South Coast AQMD. Obtains and evaluates relevant data, information and perspectives from South Coast AQMD staff, interest groups, bill sponsors, members of the Legislature, committee consultants, and other governmental agencies as necessary; recommends South Coast AQMD positions and related amendments to pending legislation.

Prepares reports and other descriptive materials on South Coast AQMD programs for submittal to the State Legislature, compiles and organizes related information; formats and arranges for publication.

Writes letters, fact sheets and other documents explaining and advocating South Coast AQMD's positions on pending legislation.

Assists South Coast AQMD staff, counsel, and the supervising Designated Deputy in identifying needed changes to existing law, appropriate language, and potential bill authors.

Serves as subject matter specialist for South Coast AQMD staff; provides consultation on legislative matters; informs staff of bill status; and guides staff in preparing bill analyses and related documents.

Provides information, both orally and in writing, to individuals and agencies requesting technical, historical or explanatory information about South Coast AQMD programs during the legislative process.

Represents South Coast AQMD in the State Legislature and at related meetings, conferences, and/or negotiation sessions on pending legislation.

Ensures the efficient functioning of the Sacramento Office when the Legislative Director is absent.


In addition to the Minimum Qualifications which follow, the most competitive candidates will also possess some of the following knowledge or experience:
  • Work as a legislative director, consultant, aide or assistant
  • Worked for a state elected official or legislative committee in a policy or legislative position
  • Have at least 5 years’ experience working within the state legislative process, including writing and analyzing legislation
  • Issue expertise in air quality, environment, transportation and infrastructure, and/or energy
  • Background in working with and/or building coalitions
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office Suite and Teams


Training and experience which demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities to analyze, evaluate, testify, make recommendations on, and advocate positions concerning state and federal legislation. Knowledge of air pollution problems, and needs, including current status, control equipment and techniques, laws, policies, rules and regulations, basic scientific and technical subjects, and role of the South Coast AQMD. Knowledge of basic governmental organization, the legislative process, and the functions of a legislative analyst and/or advocate.

ABILITY TO: Communicate effectively, orally and in writing; prepare written analyses, evaluations, summaries, recommendations, correspondence, and reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals and organizations involved in the legislative process, and with South Coast AQMD personnel; identify necessary tasks and carry out assignments without constant supervision or detailed instructions; collect, organize, evaluate, and synthesize pertinent information from a wide variety of sources.

Evidence of the required knowledge skills and abilities may be demonstrated, in part, by graduation from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major emphasis in political science, public or business administration, law, or a closely related field and demonstrated experience in analyzing, evaluating and making recommendations on regulatory or legislative activities.

ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTION: A Masters degree in one of the above-referenced areas may substitute for some experience in the field.


  • A completed employment application covering at least the past 10 years of employment history (or longer if you have other relevant experience), and your entire South Coast AQMD employment history if you are a South Coast AQMD employee.
  • Four references which include the names and phone numbers of your present and past supervisors or managers, or persons for who you have directly providedservices, not peers .
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (SQ). The SQ is a form of written test and will be evaluated as such. Your responses should be well written, clear, concise, and directly responsive to all parts of each question. Please limit your responses to no more than one page per answer. (If each answer can fit in a one-page Microsoft Word document, single spaced, one-inch margins, using Times Roman 11 font, the length of your responses are within acceptable parameters.)
  • A copy of your transcripts, documenting all qualifying education claimed, submitted as an attachment to your online application (Unofficial transcripts are accepted at time of application. Original transcripts will be required later on in the process as detailed in the "Educational Requirements" link on South Coast AQMD's Careers webpage ).
Job applications must be completely filled out. A resume cannot be substituted for the required information. Be sure to detail any education, training, or other relevant coursework that would make you a particularly strong candidate.

Your application will be carefully reviewed and only those who appear to have the best qualifications will be invited to the next step of the process, which is expected to be a qualifying interview or application screening assessment .

The interviews and/or application screening assessments (weighted 100%) are expected to result in an unranked eligible list from which current and future vacancies occurring in the next six to twelve months may be filled.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Human Resources at (909) 396-2800.




Monthly Benefit Allotment

$2,060, to purchase medical, dental, and life insurance, with unused portion paid to you as cash

Medical Health Plans

Blue Shield PPO

Blue Shield PPO Savings Plus 2250 (High Deductible Plan)

Blue Shield HMO

Kaiser HMO

Kaiser HSA HMO 1500 (High Deductible Plan)

Dental Plans

Delta Dental (without orthodontic benefits)

Delta Dental (with orthodontic benefits for children only)

DeltaCare (PMI) Dental

Vision Plan

Medical Eye Services (MES) - Optional

Life Insurance

$25,000 Term Life Insurance

(Optional additional life insurance, paid by you, at 1X, 2X, or 3X your salary)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Administered by MHN; Provides 3 employer-paid counseling sessions per event, as well as a variety of work and home life support services

Accidental Death & Dismemberment


Long-Term Disability Coverage

Paid by South Coast AQMD

Employee-Paid Long-Term Care Plan


Section 125

Optional Plans (Medical Reimbursement; Dependent Care)

Work Schedule

Four 10-hour days, Tuesday through Friday


80 hours per year, increasing to 120 after five years


13 paid holidays per year

Administrative Leave

10 hours per year

Sick Leave

100 hours per year

Other Leaves

Bereavement; Catastrophic; Jury Duty; Military; Witness

Tuition Reimbursement

Reimbursed up to $3,000 per year

Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)

South Coast AQMD matches, dollar for dollar, 100% of your regular contribution, up to the $8,800 maximum for regular plan


2.5% @ 67 defined benefit plan - Applies to employees hired on or after January 1, 2013 who, at time of hire, were not members of the San Bernardino County Employees' Retirement Association (SBCERA) or another public employee retirement system through which reciprocity may be established.

2.0% @ 55 defined benefit plan - Applies to employees who, prior to January 1, 2013, were active members of SBCERA or another public employee retirement system through which reciprocity may be established.

Employees pay only the Medicare portion of Social Security.

June 21, 2023

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

Diamond Bar, California United States View Map